Sins of Omission

Black Sheep One

“Thou shalt not honor a white man,” says the first commandment of the politically correct—unless, of course, the white man in question is hastening the destruction of Western civilization or, perhaps, preserving the habitat of the pupfish.  A recent example of dishonoring an American hero occurred at the University of Washington, when a student senator, Andrew Everett, proposed that a memorial be erected on campus in memory of Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, a graduate of the University of Washington and a Medal of Honor recipient.

Most of the student senate had never heard of Boyington.  When Everett described the famous Marine ace, several senators were horrified.  “Is it appropriate to honor a person who killed other people?” cried sophomore Jill Edwards.  Furthermore, she “didn’t believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person the University of Washington wanted to produce.”  Senior Ashley Miller added that “many monuments at the University of Washington already commemorate rich white men.”

Andrew Everett and his supporters argued in vain that Boyington’s accomplishments and decorations demanded an individual monument in his honor.  The student senate found time before the session was adjourned, however, for the following announcements: The GBLTC (Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender Commission) was having auditions for...

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